Meet Katie and Emie.
They are my adorable adopted nieces from the Ukraine.
Their adoption story begins back five years ago when my husband’s brother and his wife gave birth to their fourth child, a little girl who was born with Down’s syndrome.
Annie immediately captured all of our hearts and become a very special part of our family.
As her mom started to connect with other mom’s of Down’s children she discovered Reece’s Rainbow.
Reece’s Rainbow is an International Ministry for Orphans with Down’s Syndrome. In many countries of the world, including the Ukraine, children with Down’s are placed in orphanages until they get older – then they are placed in mental institutions.
Once there they are – they are unable to be adopted and live with adults who are mentally unstable. Their future is heart-wrenching.
Although they are not an adoption agency, Reece Rainbow is an advocate for the children. They work to identify at-risk children, raise funds for adoption, and find forever families for them.
Our little nieces came from an orphanage in the Ukraine and are such a joy! It is so rewarding to see those little girls blossom and grow in the midst of a loving family.
They’ve discovered birthdays and Christmas and ice cream.
They now have Grandpas and Grandmas and aunts and uncles and cousins.
They giggle and give hugs and talk a mile a minute.
Why am I telling you all this now? Because Reece’s Rainbow was featured in a story in last week’s People magazine – giving them some much needed national publicity.
As I read the article, I was reminded once again of those little ones still waiting for their forever families and I had to say something. I had to tell you Katie and Emie’s story – to put a real face on the children and the ministry.
These kids are real. I know. I met two of them.
I’ve held them, hugged them, and tickled them.
We’ve played dress-up and went roller skating and ate popcorn and watched movies.
I’ve fallen head over heels in love with them.
My heart is broken over the ones left behind.
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
If you would like to read more about Katie and Emie’s adoption journey, check out Hidden Treasures.